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Cyril Takayama - Biography
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Cyril Takayama (born 1973) is an American illusionist, born and raised in Hollywood, California, USA. He is perhaps best known for his street magic performances in Japan. His father is of Okinawan descent, while his mother is Moroccan-French, both of whom were beauticians. He was a member of the short-lived television series T.H.E.M. In 2007 he won first place in The Magic Woods Awards, Best Magician Category.

Cyril became interested in magic when he was 7 years old, when he went to a magic show in Las Vegas where he saw a guest magician levitate a woman and cut himself in half. The first time Cyril ever performed magic in front of people was during his school's talent show. At the age of 12, he entered the junior program at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Some of Cyril's signature tricks include the hamburger in the menu trick, having his head fall off his shoulders, and the card in the window trick. His most dramatic trick was above a Las Vegas hotel, where he bungee jumps into the hotel pool with a sword and spears the chosen card of his co host from a deck floating in the water.

Because of his large popularity in Japan, Cyril frequently goes out in a disguise, his most notable one being "Sero jisan" or Old Man Cyril.


Performances in Japan & Korea

cyril_takayama_004.jpgCyril has been very active in Japan. Since 2005, he appeared in

  • Three "Super Street Magic Magazine" episodes (broadcast on TV Tokyo)
  • Five "Magic Revolution" episodes (broadcast on FujiTV)
  • One 90 minute Korean magic special (October 2006, September 2007, February 2008)

Since 2005 Cyril has been steadily increasing in popularity in Japan as well as on the Internet, due to many of his magic shows being uploaded and viewed on the popular video-sharing site YouTube.

In his 2006 magic specials, Cyril visited Thailand to put on a show for orphans with HIV. He also did the same with orphans in Nepal.

Cyril appears on the new MTV series called Room 401 where magicians prank unsuspecting victims.

Totally Hidden Extreme Magic


Watch Free Videos: T.H.E.M

T.H.E.M.- Totally Hidden Extreme Magic — combines the voyeurism of a hidden-camera show with unbelievable illusions and unsuspecting victims. A gang of talented street magicians sets up various scenarios to lure unsuspecting targets. After the team has amazed viewers and bewildered their victims, they reveal themselves to the target as one of T.H.E.M.

WHO ARE T.H.E.M.? T.H.E.M. is the troupe Magic X, a gang of modern-day Merlins who combine illusion and manipulation with music and performance art. They are:

  • Cyril Takayama
  • Danny Cole
  • Enrico de la Vega
  • Lisa de la Vega
  • Chris Gongora
  • Michael Grasso
  • Thomas Meier
  • Jason Neistadt
  • Justin "Kredible" Willman


External Link:

Official Site
The Magic Woods
Cyril Myspace
Magic X
Magic Revolution Website
Metropolis Japan Interview


Comments (26)

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i love u
denise , May 10, 2010
haloo cyril t
i like ur magic!!!!!4 me ur magic always making people smile n shocked!!!!!!i hope u can always comes wit new style n magics!!!!!!daaaaa
purple sshaaa , February 13, 2010
Hey Cyril :-)
Hey there Cyril , ur simply magical , THANKYOU So very much
for ENTERTAINING us all so BEAUTIFULLY, keep up the
Wonderful work going GOD BLESS smilies/smiley.gif
Divya , February 03, 2010
Cyril is an amazing magic man. Please come to India too for shows. smilies/smiley.gif
Vaish , December 16, 2009
Hi handsome...
i like ur magic & ur a so cute....smilies/wink.gif
zyla , December 10, 2009
u r so sweettttttttt...
eyka , November 26, 2009
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